Monday, November 24, 2014

Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight

Cover image for Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight

Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight
by Tony DiTerlizzi
illustrated by Ralph McQuarrie

It has been 37 years since the world first met Luke Skywalker, the hero of Star Wars. This book introduces Luke to a new generation.  Written by best selling author, DiTerlizzi (Spiderwick Chronicles) this book follows Luke's adventures from his boyhood on Tatooine to his final triumph over the Sith Emperor Palpatine. The writing is engaging and does a good job of distilling the story into a manageable length.  The most exciting thing about this book, however, are the illustrations.  They are by the man who developed the concept art for George Lucas, and show an early vision of the Star Wars world. It is interesting how faithfully the costume and set artists for the film recreated McQuarrie's vision, and it is interesting to see little variations that didn't end up in the final production. Star Wars fans of all ages will love exploring this retelling of an American classic film.

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